Speaking at Express.co.uk, New Haven University professor Matthew Schmidt warned that Donald Trump should create an “October surprise” to change the American electoral landscape before the November elections against Democrat Joe Biden. The US foreign policy expert warned that the US president could “fabricate an international crisis” by pushing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un or Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He added: “When we say surprise of October, we mean a kind of event that is happening around the world and that, as you know, is changing the previous electoral landscape.
“Usually it’s a kind of international crisis.
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“So you know, the audience then doesn’t want to change the president in the middle of, you might see something like that.”
“But for President Trump, I could see him trying to make something like this.
“Trying to push North Korea or push Putin in one way or another to create an incident where he can then stand up and say” you need a strong president and I am that guy “. ”
The warning comes as the US spokesman for North Korea is scheduled to visit South Korea next week as he pushes for renewed talks with the North before the US elections and despite some signs of progress.
US Assistant Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who has led labor negotiations with the North Koreans, will be among several State Department officials who will meet with their South Korean counterparts on Tuesday, a Reuters official told government official, on condition of anonymity, because the trip lasted. not been announced.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to meet again before the November US elections, and on Thursday, South Korean Foreign Minister said Seoul was pushing for a recovery from the United States and North Korea. talks.
Biegun said it was time for the two sides to re-engage and “make substantial progress,” but the coronavirus pandemic would make it difficult to have a summit in person before the November elections.
Last month, North Korea suddenly raised tensions with South Korea and blew up an inter-Korean liaison office, just on its side of the border, before announcing just as suddenly that it would suspend plans for unspecified military actions against the South.
North Korea has repeatedly stated that it will not resume talks until the United States abandons its “hostile policies”, including strict sanctions, and has promised not to provide Trump with a another photo before the elections without major concessions.
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“It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which the North Koreans would be forced to return to the table unless” the offer “of the United States is radically different from what it was in the past”, a said Jenny Town, of 38 North, a think tank that focuses on North Korea.
“And even then, how credible would it be to survive a possible change of administration in the United States? Trump and Kim met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, raising hopes of an agreement for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. ”
But their second summit, in early 2019 in Vietnam, collapsed.
Trump and Kim met again in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in June 2019 and agreed to resume negotiations, but working talks between the two sides in Sweden in October were halted.
Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton told reporters in New York on Thursday that the president could seek another summit with Kim as an “October surprise” before the election.